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Heavy interest in race for school district

Six candidates for Tulsa school board District one turned out for a forum at Webster high school. (Aranda/KTUL)

In your typical race for school board there are maybe three or four candidates, but this year, the rate of participation is through the roof.

Six candidates running for a single Tulsa school board seat, District one, and ready to weigh in on what's important to them.

"To help the new teachers," said candidate Brenda Barre.

"I think we have a big problem with both student and teacher retention at TPS," said candidate Deanna Cooper.

"We think that working people matter," said candidate Scott Carter.

"I think that our teachers are underfunded; our schools are underfunded," said candidate Niki Grauberger.

"I think my biggest goal is to prove that we need more, and if so, how much more?" said candidate Nicole Nixon.

"At the top of my platform is bringing more community voice to the school board and the TPS administration," said candidate Stacey Woolley.

And as for the aftershocks from the walkout and the rumblings of a potential walkout 2.0?

"Regarding the walkout, I completely supported the teachers. I will support the teachers should they opt to do that again," said Woolley.

"I was in support of them for last year’s walkout," said Grauberger.

"Yeah, walkout again. This time, walk out in a way in which it engages all working people in the district," said Carter.

"When it comes to walkout 2.0, I think they’re going to have to do it; they’re going to have to possibly do that if they don’t get what they need," said Cooper.

Passion for public education is still on fire in Oklahoma.

"There’s just some serious engagement not only in local but national politics, and it's just the reality of where we are right now," said Woolley.

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